Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Good Operations Research Blogs

Here for your use or amusement is a pretty good list of a baker's dozen very good  blogs on the subject of Operations Research, Management Science, Decision Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Business Analytics, and Value-Focused Thinking.


  1. The Science of Better. There are many places to learn more about operations research. A good place to start is the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), which defines operations research as the “discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.” 
  2. Veni, Vedi, Duci. Nestler Analytics provides a full range of services in the field of business analytics and operations research. We offer our clients solutions and technologies to turn their available data and information into knowledge that provides a competitive edge.
  3. Punk Rock OR. This blog is maintained by Laura McLay from the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. This blog highlights interesting applications of operations research and the management sciences, as well as ways in which operations research and systems thinking can make the world a better place.
  4. Analytics in Action. The purpose of this blog is to publish posts showcasing research in operations research and management science (funded research or research recommended to PIC as particularly promising), as well as papers and dissertations recognized for their novelty by being selected as finalists in INFORMS paper competitions. (This includes competitions run by INFORMS societies and sections.)
  5. IEOR Tools.  Maximize productivity with Industrial Engineer and Operations Research tools.
  6. ThinkOR. Think Operations Research is an exchange corner for the OR professionals, an OR information source for the general public
  7. Thoughts on business, engineering and higher education. Aurelie Thiele is a tenured Associate Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She holds a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
  8. Sebastian Pokutta's Blog. Mathematics and related topics.
  9. Reflections on Operations Research. We are Patricia and Robert Randall, management and IT consultants with a passion for Operations Research. After completing our MSs and PhDs in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research, we chose to go into consulting so that we could bring the benefits of OR to the business world. In this blog, we will share our thoughts on the influence of OR in both business and everyday life in the hopes of increasing the awareness of the value of operations research. 
  10. Michael Trick’s Operations Research Blog. Thoughts on the world of operations research
  11. free_LUNCH. Vibhav Agarwal is currently a second year MBA student at the Goizueta Business School, Atlanta. His interests are Business, Strategy, Marketing, Finance, Movies, Books, and Sports. 
  12. Decisions and Info-Gaps. This blog discusses, in non-technical terms, issues relating to decisions under uncertainty, especially from an info-gap perspective.
  13. Palisade. A blog by the makers of the world's leading risk and decision analysis software, @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite



I am happy to update this list with your suggestions. Feel free to leave a constructive comment, or three! Alternatively, you may email me at DBDoane["at" symbol]gmail[daught]com.